SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding ballot boxes

The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last week raises troubling questions.

The amendment provides for the Elections Department (ELD) to disregard the vote count for a polling station if the votes in a sealed ballot box is lost or destroyed before the ballots are counted. But if the officials consider the number of votes in the particular polling station enough to change the final result for that constituency, a fresh poll can be called.

Why is this amendment being introduced and why is it being done now? Have ballot boxes been lost or destroyed in the past? Can the ELD tell the public whether this has happened in the past?

If the answer is no, then why propose to fix something when it is not broken? Is the PAP anticipating a problem? It is troubling that the Government does not offer any explanation why it is changing the law regarding this matter.

If the ELD is concerned about lost or destroyed boxes due to transfer from polling stations to counting stations, there is an easy solution: Count the votes at the polling stations.

Such a practice is done in many countries. When the polling is closed, election officials open the boxes at the polling stations in front of party representatives as well as the public who may be gathered to witness the process.

At the end of the count, the final tally is announced, recorded and transmitted to the Elections Department. With advancement in communications technology, such a process can be done expeditiously, efficiently and, most important, transparently.

The final result is announced when all the polling stations in that constituency report their results.

Such a process by-passes the PAP’s concern about boxes being lost or destroyed. It also saves manpower and other resources in having to transport the boxes from one place to another.

If the PAP really wants to make the election system fair and transparent, it should first and foremost take the ELD out from under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and put it under the supervision of an independent elections commission.

Continuing to subordinate the electoral process under the PMO and then making amendments to the PEA only raises suspicion in the minds of Singaporeans.

The SDP calls on the PAP to stop the charade and genuinely make the elections system free, fair and transparent.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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22 Responses to “SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding ballot boxes”

  • trying to cheat:

    Very easy to analyse, coming election if the pigs are losing votes at the opposition wards, just simply discard the box(es) and pigs will elected again. Only power crazy, corrupt and kiasu party will implement dirty rules.

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  • why bother with pap clown ???:

    no worries we say.

    many say 50.1% OPPOSITION win this time. a very small margin.

    we disagree. the S$m wage, the 30% water hike, electricity hike, gas hike, carpark hike, is moving the 50.1% to over 60% now. so one box tricked here by pap, one box tricked there by pap, not much.

    if heaven says time is up, boxes disappearing, in Singapore go figure, won’t matter. pap clown can do all he wants, but it is heaven that disposes in the end. we say this with great confidence.

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  • HarderTruths:

    They are preparing to burn all boxes in Hougang and AMK as the Indian can become Malay and therefore anything can happen.

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  • rukidding:

    I guess that is why “they” are “trying out” “the Black Out effect” which happen yesterday to areas like AMK…..all the way to Enuos ?

    Trial Run testing mah !

    So, when the “erection date” comes,….we can “expect” some “Blackouts” like what happened many years ago at Cheng Son ?

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  • opposition dude:

    Do you sense the PAP kan cheong’ing?

    Fine, if the ballots are lost or destroyed then have the election done for that area and then see what the result is, it’s only fair what.

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  • rukidding:

    Do you Singaporeans know what was some of the “funny” things that had happened during the last Malaysia erections which PH won ????

    My Malaysian frens told me that Mr Botak and gang actually tried to “fix the votes” by getting some “corrupt officials to ferry ” fixed” ballot box by using police cars to try and gain entry to polling centres ???

    Well,…our braved Malaysian voters actually managed to stop it from happening by “surrounding” those “tainted police cars” from entering the voting centre gates !

    Hmmm,….do Sinkies have “Balls like our Malaysians frens”????

    Remains to be seen !

    Note: This incident true or not,…not verified,…but highly possible.

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  • LIONS:

    SDP,your other name is THE Singapore DUTIFUL People.

    You are always speaking out on salient n important issues from election proper to jobs to sgs’ welfare.

    It is sgs’ big loss not to have you represented in Parliament.

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  • Meritocratic bluff:

    Such a process by-passes the PAP’s concern about boxes being lost or destroyed. It also saves manpower and other resources in having to transport the boxes from one place to another.

    cant u see ? its during the transportation porcoess “extra” ballot boxes may magically appear

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  • EXTERNAL Forces:

    Spooky right?
    The writing has been on the wall since 53 years ago.

    Stop expecting Singaporeans alone can bring change when Singaporeans are best at obeying the rules.

    The banker always wins.

    Only EXTERNAL FORCES can bring change to Singaporeans.

    Singaporeans have surrendered decades ago.
    All of you will be dead and still Singaporeans obey.
    I guarantee you and you cannot debunk me.

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  • Bloody nonsense:

    Every GE they come out with some dirty tricks.
    Missing ballot boxes?
    Can that even happen in our tiny,tightly policed and managed country.
    Only corrupted n crooked govs resort to such trickery…right?

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  • Sickies Deserve It:

    Najib tried everything possible to deny the opposition a fair election, and still lost! PAPigs are no gentlemen, and good at gerrymandering. Focus on a good opposition coalition and do a Singapore boleh to kick out the leegime for good.

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  • Wan:

    Losing ballot box is as good

    As good as losing our reserve

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  • Wan:

    Never see any man eat banana and keep

    Skin b4.

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  • This is Bad for Democracy!:

    Knowing where are the weak areas in a electoral division, one can easily play foul by branding ballot boxes from those areas as null and void.

    Like that, why bother to call an Election and bluff the Voters?

    Are we not getting worse than the recent Myanmar Elections?

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  • Always Remember:

    Laws are make by law-makers.

    Majority from one party, law makers will simply make one party laws.

    Roughly split two parties, law makers will negotiate to make law.

    With a 3rd minor party, the law will take a little longer to formulate and implement, but definitely truly supported by the majority of the ordinary people.

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  • Why Not Do It This Way?:

    If any ballot box is lost or tampered, the Opposition individual or team contesting in the said SMC or GRC will be declared outright winners.

    This way, nothing fishy will ever happen!

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  • Voting is Secret:

    In today’s technology, we should go on-line voting. Why are we not doing that? PM wants Spore to be a smart nation, then what are we waiting for?

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  • LAN Tut Kang LTK:

    Such real opposition questions I do not expect WANKERS PARTY to ask.

    This is what I mean by PLAYING BY THE RULES set by the longan.

    If you do so, you can never win.

    The banker always wins.

    Ruled by Laws.

    The ground sentiment vs the bottom count results in the last GE was polar opposite.

    I not sure why. You know or not?

    Yours
    LTK
    Wankers Party sg

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  • Asia is Authortarianism:

    The most important task Opposition Pakistan need to do is strategize how to ensure the votes are secure. How do they know what happens inside the rooms that locks the boxes?

    David Blaine ?

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  • If Health data can be stolen..:

    Votes can be ‘stolen’ too!

    Voting is Secret:
    In today’s technology, we should go on-line voting. Why are we not doing that? PM wants Spore to be a smart nation, then what are we waiting for?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Can spent $16M for the protection of Kim-Trump meeting even include the use of fighter planes, how come cannot protect a few ballot boxes?

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  • HarderTruths:

    SDP

    $G citizens do not care about this island or what you say – only their own comfort.

    That is why no matter what – 70% or more always vote pappies.

    Prepare for the same result as last time.

    I do not say this to be cruel. I just see the facts as they are.

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